A footle is a 2 line, 2 syllable trochaic monometer poem with an integral title suitable for light, witty, pertinent, topical verse.

My Example

Form: Footle

Five Fun Footles


Must write
just right

The judge
won’t fudge

Gloom ‘er

Too late
missed date!

© Lawrence Eberhart – June 10, 2015

Seven-Eleven Couplet Rhyme

Seven-Eleven, the defining features are:
• stanzaic, any number of couplets.
• syllabic, mixed or irregular 7 and 11 syllabic line. 7-7 7-11 11-11 11-7 etc or 7-11 7-7 11-7 11-7 11-11 or whatever combination at the discretion of the poet. (although L6 and if there is a L11 are always 11 syllables.)
• rhymed, consonant-full rhyme

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My Example

Form: Seven-Eleven Couplet Rhyme


Now, I put myself to bed
couplets kicking in my head.

Tried to think during the day;
things to do got in my way.

Sleep connects me to a tool.
It is a universal consciousness pool.

Every thought of every man
exists out there and you can

with a little bit of luck,
tune to Robert Frost or Buk

Can’t promise you’ll connect, but I think you will.
Assembling those thoughts take skill.

© Lawrencealot – January 23, 2015


Bengali Poetry is from the Bengali Region, Eastern India and dates back to the 10th century . Its origins were in mystic poetry but later became known for its epics. 

The Payār is the most common form from the Bengali Region.
The Payar is:
• stanzaic, written in any number of couplets.
• rhymed. aa bb cc etc.
• syllabic, 14 syllables lines which are normally broken into 4 units.

4 4 * 4 2
4 4 * 4 2
xxxx, xxxx, xxxx, xa
xxxx, xxxx, xxxx, xa

Temptation by Judi Van Gorder
Words in color, writ in anger, meant to provoke, to prod,
rude distraction, wrong direction, lead me away from God.

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My example

Non Pro Se (Form: Payar)

A pacifist may turn his cheek, ignoring simple threats,
but can’t forsake community to which all men owe debts.

Extend your hand, with open palm to other men — of peace,
but gird your loins, unsheath your sword, to make evil surcease.

© Lawrencealot – January 5, 2015

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Silva de consonantes

Spanish poetry.

Silva de consonantes, the defining features are:
○ stanzaic, any number of couplets.
○ syllabic, alternating 7-11 syllabic lines. 7-11 7-11 7-11 7-11 7-11 etc.
○ rhymed, consonant-full rhyme aabbccdd etc.

Mr. Jones by Judi Van Gorder

The office door stood ajar,
invitation for our cheerful morning star.
He liked to talk. Everyday
he stopped to chat before going on his way.
I suppose he was lonely,
at 92, wife gone, kids grown, absentee.
Welshman, from across the sea,
he tried to teach me Welsh, often sang to me.
Its been a while since he last
stopped by. I miss his smile and song, his life passed.

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My example

Maybe is but a Deferral (Form: Silva de consonantes)

“Maybe” really means “Aw shit!”
It’s a dirty word, and that’s the truth of it.
It is merely an excuse
given in advance; I think it’s child-abuse.
Yet a phrase that’s just as bad
is when mother blandly says, “Go ask your Dad.”
They have taught me not to lie.
Knowing saying simply “No!” may make me cry,
parents oft choose to postpone
answers, or pretend perhaps they’re not their own.
Better though than another
once referred is: “Okay, go ask your mother.”

© Lawrencealot – December 19, 2014

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Silva de consonantes


Margeda is an invented verse form that is an exercise in trochaic meter with head and tail rhyme. It is said to be adaptable to the “elfin, the grotesque, the ironic and to nature poems”. (“nature poems” added at the end made me laugh) It is attributed to Edith Thompson and found in Pathways for a Poet byViola Berg. I have also run into this form at various sites on the internet.

The Margeda is:
• a quatorzain made up of 7 couplets that does not claim to be a sonnet.
• metered, written in trochaic tetrameter, the last foot is catalectic (drops the last unstressed syllable) Su/Su/Su/S.
• rhymed, the lines have both head and tail rhyme in rhyming couplets. a…b a…b c…d c…d e…f e…f g…h g….h i…j i…j k…l k…l m…n m…n

Email by Judi Van Gorder

Quick communication sketch,
pick an address, forward, fetch.
Jokes in mass invade my box,
folks send long political talks.
Photos, dogs and kids and chains,
posts still pledging luck or pain,
“Send this on! If not you’ll die”.
Ending ads “A deal, must buy!
Debt reductions cons abuse,
get in touch and read the news.
Friendships lost, renewed once more
mending wounds ignored before.
Now and then a cherished note,
Wow! Its those on which I dote.

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My example

NFL Proud

NFL Proud (Margeda)

Focus on entitlement-
Joseph Randel’s clear intent
was to steal some underwear
‘cus his contract seemed unfair!
Earning five and eighty K
yearning to put that away
playing foot ball for the ‘Boys
saving bonuses for toys.
Stealthy he must not have been.
Wealthy guy gets more again.
MeUndies found it quite alright —
refund his fine – cure his plight.
Hire him to sell their shorts
Fire him? Hell no, it’s sports.

© Lawrencealot – October 19, 2014

On Monday, Oct. 13, Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle, 22, was arrested for Class B misdemeanor theft of cologne and underwear at a Dillard’s store in Frisco, Texas. Now, Randle will be a spokesman for one of the brands he stole from.
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This form was invented by Thomas Horton of Allpoetry.
It’s called a RIDOTTO, from the Italian for “reduced.”  In a ridotto, you choose a number of syllables for your first line (x).  Your second line should be a perfect rhyming couplet with one more syllable (x+1).  The third line takes on a new rhyme, and has one fewer syllable than the first one (x-1).  Line four rhymes with line 3, and has one fewer syllable (x, or [x-1]+1).  This continues until the poem is reduced to a couplet of one syllable followed by two.
Here’s an example:
FIRST KISS  (a ridotto)
The way the soft light broke          —-> (6)
Through the branches of the oak       —-> (7)
Gave the day a glow                   —-> (5)
That you and I would know             —-> (6)
Brought to an end                     —-> (4)
Our time to pretend                   —-> (5)
And we shared                         —-> (3)
Though we were scared                 —-> (4)
Desire                                —-> (2)
Like a fire                           —-> (3)
Rife                                  —-> (1)
With life                             —-> (2)
© Thomas Horton, All Rights Reserved.
You may start with any number of syllables you like; as such, the poem may be of any length, as long was the second line of each rhyming couplet has one more syllable than the first line, and the first line of each subsequent couplet has one fewer syllable than the first line of the previous couplet.
Near rhymes don’t count; all end-rhymes should be full/strong/masculine.
I have re-phrased the instructions thus:
1. Pen a line with any number of syllables.
2. For the next line, add one syllable and rhyme with the preceding line.
3. Subtract two syllables and choose a new rhyme word.
    Repeat instructions 2 thru 3 until instruction 3 would create a zero syllable line.
Rhyme pattern  aabbccddee..etc
No metric requirement.
Example poem
Sapience (Ridotto)
To students I’ve become a bore!
Sapience has chilled me to my core.*
Their indifference dismays.
They only seek their peers’ okays.
A poem’s nothing neat
compared to sexting or tweet.
What set me aglow
they’ll never learn or know.
They are not taught
to pursue true thought
A drone’s job
will suit the mob.
Oh well
What the hell?
I know?
*Note: this line lifted in toto from
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